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Unsent Love Letters

After the death in 1925 of French composer Erik Satie, dozens of unsent love letters were found in his Paris apartment. Composer Elena Kats-Chernin and pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska have collaborated on a recording and concert project that sends those letters off in a series of piano miniatures inspired by Satie’s…
  • Written by Vivienne Winther, Director Macquarie Conservatorium

Stars of stage are like peas in a pod

It’s easy to see why Marina Prior and David Hobson work so well together. So close are the musical duo that a conversation with them is non-stop talking, laughing and finishing one another’s sentences! The pair are midway through their “The 2 of Us” tour which encapsulates the essence of…
  • Written by Natalie Holmes

Songs from a Parisian Salon

French soprano Laetitia Grimaldi and South African/Israeli pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz are touring Australia for the first time, and bring their concert “Songs from a Parisian Salon” to Dubbo this May. Laetitia Grimaldi has sung in renowned halls and on opera stages worldwide since her debut at Carnegie Hall in 2013.…
  • Written by Vivienne Winther, Director Macquarie Conservatorium

Starry starry Knight

A chameleon of the Australian music scene, Grace Knight has carved a successful career both as a soloist and as the frontwoman of the Eurogliders. Almost 40 years after her ship arrived in the harbour, this amazing songstress is still going strong. WORDS Natalie Holmes
  • Written by Natalie Holmes

Festive fun for Dubbo in October

The Dream Festival is in full swing kicking off yesterday (Thursday, October 12) at the Church Street Rotunda with the launch event, “Pianos on the Pavement”, where local musicians tinkled the ivories and locals could find out a bit more for what’s going on. And there’s a lot. From October…
  • Written by Dubbo Weekender

Free Regional Youth Orchestra to close Artlands

This October, Macquarie Conservatorium hosts the first residential orchestra camp of the newly formed Regional Youth Orchestra NSW. This dynamic new youth orchestra recently performed at the Sydney Opera House with the Australian World Orchestra, and comes to Dubbo to perform in “Sunday in the Park”, a free concert of…
  • Written by Vivienne Winther, Director Macquarie Conservatorium

All-weather girls

Country crowds will turn out to see live performances in rain, hail or shine. That was the case for the Sunny Cowgirls who launched their latest album at a muddy Deni Ute Muster. Celeste Clabburn chatted to NATALIE HOLMES.
  • Written by Dubbo Photo News

Power to women in music

Creative director and founder of all-Aussie group The 7 Sopranos, Tarita Botsman, is empowering women in music all over the world. “It’s acapella, seven women on stage, using the voices the way they do, it’s kind of astonishing,” she said. Since their inception in 2009, Tarita envisioned reaching a new…
  • Written by Ella McMillan

Concert series a musical smorgasbord

Six concerts, a range of music new and familiar, performed by 15 visiting musicians in an intimate and friendly setting – Macquarie Conservatorium’s 2016 concert series brings some of Australia’s best artists and live music experiences to Dubbo. This year, local audiences can expect breathtaking virtuosity from two solo pianists,…
  • Written by Vivienne Winther, Director Macquarie Conservatorium

The sound of music in 2015

Another year of music-making and music-learning has whistled by, and a list of just some of our concerts and activities shows there’s never a dull month at Macquarie Conservatorium. January: It’s quiet; there’s no music coming from the teaching rooms, but we’re busy enrolling hundreds of students and fitting them…
  • Written by Vivienne Winther, Director Macquarie Conservatorium

hear see do etc 18.12.2015

hear Drag out the blue suede shoes and get ready to dive into a fiesta of fun in Parkes over the weekend of January 6-10 with a Fun in Acapulco party to celebrate the life of Elvis Presley. Grab your maracas, put on a sombrero and enjoy five days of…
  • Written by Dubbo Weekender

Salad Days

Fennel, beetroot and cauliflower salad with citrus dressing Ingredients: 1 fennel bulb, sliced 1/2 head broccoli, chopped into small florets 1 medium beetroot, roasted, peeled and chopped 1 bunch Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped 1 sprig mint, chopped 1 handful pepitas Dressing Juice of 2 oranges 1/4 cup olive oil…
  • Written by Dubbo Weekender

Taste testing from a musical smorgasbord

More than 300 Macquarie Conservatorium students and community musicians banded together to perform at a fun day of free music-making last month, with round 600 Dubbo and district residents visiting the conservatorium’s open day to enjoy the free music and find out more about the activities on offer at this…
  • Written by Vivienne Winther, Director Macquarie Conservatorium